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Trump unloads in morning interviews as U.S. struggles to tame virus

Trump unloads in morning interviews as U.S. struggles to tame virus

With Covid-19 threatening the president’s reelection effort, he stoked culture wars and railed against China.President Donald Trump's remarks during radio interviews Tuesday morning centered on the return of sports amid the pandemic. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump let loose in a pair of lengthy radio interviews Tuesday morning, weighing in on foreign affairs and cultural flashpoints while continuing to speak dismissively of the rampant coronavirus threat.Much of the president’s remarks centered on the return of sports amid the pandemic, as he railed against athletes who...

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Opinion | No, Now Is Not the Time for Another Russia Reset

Opinion | No, Now Is Not the Time for Another Russia Reset

Until Moscow is willing to do its part, Washington should avoid pointless dialogue and instead push back firmly against Vladimir Putin’s aggression.AP Photo/Ivan SekretarevThe authors and signers of the calling for a “rethink” of America’s Russia policy that was published in on August 5 include people we know, like and respect. We agree that U.S.-Russia relations are in a poor state. But we disagree strongly about the reasons why and what should be done in response. Our colleagues’ arguments require forceful response.We are a bipartisan group of former diplomats, military and intelligence...

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Trump promotes book by former aide who talked Ivanka, Tiffany with reporters

Trump promotes book by former aide who talked Ivanka, Tiffany with reporters

Madeleine Westerhout abruptly resigned in August 2019 after coming under scrutiny for sharing intimate details about the president’s family with the press.President Donald Trump. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump encouraged his supporters Tuesday to purchase a new memoir by a former top White House aide who was fired last year after making critical comments to reporters about the president's daughters.“Great new book by former Director of Oval Office Operations, Madeleine Westerhout, entitled ‘Off the Record,’” Trump on Twitter. “When I look at all of the Fake Books and garbage...

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DNC lineup will feature VP candidates plus Obamas, Clintons and AOC

DNC lineup will feature VP candidates plus Obamas, Clintons and AOC

Joe Biden himself will deliver the keynote address on the convention's final night.Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are in the lineup for next week's nominating convention, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Tuesday. | Scott Olson/Getty ImagesThe Democratic National Convention Committee announced a lineup on Tuesday for next week's nominating convention that will feature at least seven of the women under consideration to be Joe Biden's running mate.Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Tammy...

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Democrats seize on Trump's payroll tax deferral as an attack on Social Security, Medicare

Democrats seize on Trump's payroll tax deferral as an attack on Social Security, Medicare

Entitlements are a key issue for older voters.Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez looks on during the Democratic Presidential Committee (DNC) summer meeting on August 23, 2019 in San Francisco, California. | Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesDemocrats are pouncing on President Donald Trump’s new, as his secret plan to end Social Security and Medicare — traditional priorities for older voters that have not been central themes in this year’s presidential campaign.They hope Saturday’s executive order, coming less than three months before Election Day, will shore up their messaging that...

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Bernie Sanders delegates mount convention rebellion over 'Medicare for All'

Bernie Sanders delegates mount convention rebellion over 'Medicare for All'

At least 360 Democratic delegates, mostly his supporters, have signed a pledge to oppose the Democratic platform unless it endorses single-payer.The warning is all but certain to set up a clash between Sen. Bernie Sanders’ most dedicated supporters and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. | Scott Eisen/Getty ImagesA revolt is brewing among Bernie Sanders delegates three weeks from the Democratic National Convention.More than 360 delegates, most of whom back Sanders, have signed on to a to vote against the Democratic Party’s platform if it does not include support for "Medicare for...

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‘He better pick a Black woman’: Biden faces Whitmer backlash

‘He better pick a Black woman’: Biden faces Whitmer backlash

African American activists and operatives say Biden would pay a steep price if he chooses a white woman for the ticket.Joe Biden’s meeting with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about his vice-presidential pick set off alarm bells in some quarters. | Matt Rourke/AP PhotoAnticipation has been growing for weeks that Joe Biden will make history by choosing the first Black woman as a running mate on a major party’s presidential ticket.But after news broke over the weekend that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a white woman, had flown to meet with Biden to discuss the vice presidency, frustration...

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Kudlow: Trump’s executive order will stop evictions

Kudlow: Trump’s executive order will stop evictions

CNN’s Dana Bash counters that Trump’s order doesn’t really say that.“The health secretary has the authority, working with the CDC to declare it an emergency. And, therefore, there will be no evictions,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesWhite House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s executive order on evictions unveiled Saturday will put a full stop to tenants being evicted, an assertion disputed by CNN host Dana Bash.“The health secretary has the authority, working with the CDC to declare it an emergency. And,...

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Trump aides exploring executive actions to curb voting by mail

Trump aides exploring executive actions to curb voting by mail

Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party have taken to the courts dozens to challenge voting rules. Trump's aides are pondering possible executive actions.President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThis past spring, President Donald Trump began a full-fledged assault on voting by mail, tweeting, retweeting and railing about massive fraud and rigged elections with scant evidence.Then the Republican apparatus got to work backing up the president.AdvertisementIn the weeks since, Trump’s campaign and the...

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California public health director abruptly resigns as state manages data snafu

California public health director abruptly resigns as state manages data snafu

OAKLAND — California Public Health Director Sonia Angell resigned Sunday evening without explanation, an abrupt departure that came amid , which has hampered counties' response to the virus.Angell, who took over as health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health in October, did not give a reason for her departure. Officials from the state Health and Human Services Agency, which oversees the public health department, declined to elaborate. AdvertisementHer resignation follows a tumultuous week for state health officials. POLITICO reported Friday that the two top...

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How ‘San Francisco Democrats’ Took Over the Country

How ‘San Francisco Democrats’ Took Over the Country

Once a punchline, Bay Area liberalism has grown and changed into a national governing force—one that could propel Kamala Harris to the doorstep of the presidency.Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful House speaker in a generation. Gavin Newsom, governor of California, is seen as future presidential timber. And bidding for a spot at the top of that list is Kamala Harris, who is on the shortlist of potential running mates for Joe Biden. | POLITICO illustration/Getty Images, AP, iStockNot too long ago, the term “San Francisco Democrat” was shorthand for out-of-touch liberalism, a lefty fringe that...

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European health commissioner: Coronavirus vaccine could be ready as soon as this year

European health commissioner: Coronavirus vaccine could be ready as soon as this year

Stella Kyriakides says predictions are still “risky.”European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides arrives for a news conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 15, 2020. | Francisco Seco, Pool/AP PhotoA vaccine for the coronavirus could be ready as soon as the end of this year or the beginning of next year, according to EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.“Although making predictions is risky at this point, we have good indications that the first vaccine will be available toward the end of this year or beginning of next year,” Kyriakides told German business newspaper in...

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The Black, Millennial Mayor Who Tore Down His City’s White Monuments

The Black, Millennial Mayor Who Tore Down His City’s White Monuments

Under pressure from protesters in the former capital of the Confederacy, Levar Stoney bucked tradition and preempted state law to remove a street of statues, putting his reputation and reelection prospects on the line.Ryan M. Kelly/AFP via Getty ImagesRICHMOND, Va. — At noon on June 2, more than a thousand people thronged the plaza outside City Hall to hold the young mayor to account.The night before, protesters had gathered in front of an equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the city’s famous Monument Avenue, demanding that it come down. George Floyd had been killed in...

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Opinion | The NRA Might Be Weakened. Gun Rights Voters Are Not.

Opinion | The NRA Might Be Weakened. Gun Rights Voters Are Not.

AdvertisementAnd that presents a challenge for Democrats determined to press for gun control in a Biden administration.AP Photo/Michael ConroyDemocrats rejoiced at the news that the New York Attorney General is aiming to the National Rifle Association. , the progressive rising star expected to win New York’s 17th Congressional District seat, Thursday summed up the prevailing Democratic view: “Dissolving the NRA would remove one of the biggest impediments to gun safety measures at the state and federal level.”But that’s a dangerous assumption for Democrats to make. Even if the NRA is gone or...

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What Ebola Taught Susan Rice About the Next Pandemic

What Ebola Taught Susan Rice About the Next Pandemic

Six years ago, the U.S. was caught flat-footed by a rampaging infection overseas. And one of Joe Biden’s top VP candidates was right in the middle.Susan Rice listens as Pres. Obama speaks at the White House about the administration’s efforts to combat Ebola in the U.S. and abroad in Oct. 2014. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesIn October 2014, national security adviser Susan Rice was steeling herself to resign.Ten months into a vicious outbreak of Ebola, a terrifying virus that caused some victims to bleed from their eyeballs, the United States was struggling to contain its spread...

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De Blasio splits with Cuomo on taxing the rich and luring them back to NYC

De Blasio splits with Cuomo on taxing the rich and luring them back to NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he won’t bend over backwards to lure back rich New Yorkers who have fled the city during the coronavirus pandemic, taking a shot at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his frequent chats with pals in the Hamptons.De Blasio again pushed for a tax on wealthy New Yorkers to help close massive budget gaps if federal aid is not forthcoming — a policy Cuomo has resisted because he says it would to flee New York. Advertisement“To the point about the folks out in the Hamptons, I have to be very clear about this. We do not make decisions based on the wealthy few,” de Blasio said at a...

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Opinion | The NRA Might Be Weakened. Gun Rights Voters Are Not.

Opinion | The NRA Might Be Weakened. Gun Rights Voters Are Not.

And that presents a challenge for Democrats determined to press for gun control in a Biden administration.AP Photo/Michael ConroyDemocrats rejoiced at the news that the New York Attorney General is aiming to the National Rifle Association. , the progressive rising star expected to win New York’s 17th Congressional District seat, Thursday summed up the prevailing Democratic view: “Dissolving the NRA would remove one of the biggest impediments to gun safety measures at the state and federal level.”But that’s a dangerous assumption for Democrats to make. Even if the NRA is gone or tied down by...

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Progressives alarmed by Rice's vast financial investments

Progressives alarmed by Rice's vast financial investments

The multimillionaire VP finalist bought into the company that owns the Keystone XL pipeline project — and many other Democratic Party villains.Susan Rice speaks at a conference. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesWhen Susan Rice was under consideration for secretary of state in 2012, she was attacked by environmentalists for holding stock in the controversial Keystone Pipeline XL deal.Now, with the multimillionaire Rice in contention to be Joe Biden’s running mate, that investment is again drawing fire from progressives. They say her extensive past holdings in an array of industries at odds with...

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‘Shame on you’: Warren slams Esper over handling of Trump’s Pentagon nominee

‘Shame on you’: Warren slams Esper over handling of Trump’s Pentagon nominee

Warren on Monday condemned the decision to install Tata in the Pentagon without Senate consent.Sen. Elizabeth Warren arrives at the U.S. Capitol. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesDemocratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren sharply criticized Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday after the administration installed an embattled nominee in a senior Pentagon post amid opposition on Capitol Hill, accusing the Pentagon chief of doing President Donald Trump’s “dirty work.”Retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata’s nomination to be undersecretary of defense for policy was upended on Thursday when the Senate Armed...

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Over 300 DNC delegates, members urge Biden to pick Bass for VP

Over 300 DNC delegates, members urge Biden to pick Bass for VP

“We urge Vice President Biden to choose her to join the ticket," the announcement reads.Karen Bass, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, has emerged as a leading contender for Biden’s vice presidential choice. | Greg Nash-Pool/Getty ImagesMore than 300 delegates to the Democratic National Convention and members of the Democratic National Committee have signed on to a statement pushing Joe Biden to choose Rep. Karen Bass as a “unity” vice presidential pick, POLITICO has learned.The lobbying effort, which comes days before the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is expected to...

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Appeals court rules McGahn must testify

Appeals court rules McGahn must testify

In a 7-2 decision, the D.C. Circuit holds that the House can use the courts to enforce subpoenas for executive branch informationTrump’s former White House counsel Don McGahn | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesA federal appeals court has upheld a House subpoena for testimony from President Donald Trump’s former White House counsel Don McGahn.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday, 7-2, that McGahn must appear and testify, but the court left open the question of what questions the former close adviser to Trump will be required to answer from House Judiciary Committee...

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Donald Trump Has the Sole Authority to Blow Up the World. It is Madness to Let Him Keep It.

Donald Trump Has the Sole Authority to Blow Up the World. It is Madness to Let Him Keep It.

No president should have the unchecked power to use the nuclear arsenal.President Donald Trump. | Samuel Corum/Getty ImagesA virus raging, the economy collapsing, basic structures of society unraveling: Could things get any worse?Oh, yes, they could. By a lot. One of the few redeeming features of 2020 is that it has expanded public comprehension of the probability that really bad things really can happen.AdvertisementAt the top of that list is a scenario that doesn’t require any special flight of imagination to understand. All it requires is deplaning from flights of denial and repression...

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Biden: Latino community is diverse, ‘unlike the African American community’

Biden: Latino community is diverse, ‘unlike the African American community’

President Donald Trump quickly attacked Biden over the remark.Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoJoe Biden said in remarks on Wednesday that the Latino community is "incredibly diverse," "unlike" the Black community."Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things," Biden said. "You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration than you do in Arizona. So it's a very diverse...

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DOJ moves to seize property from Ukrainian oligarch linked to Rudy Giuliani

DOJ moves to seize property from Ukrainian oligarch linked to Rudy Giuliani

DOJ announced it filed two civil forfeiture complaints on Thursday: one for an office park in Dallas, and the other for an office tower in Louisville.The Justice Department building. | Samuel Corum/Getty ImagesThe Justice Department has moved to seize property from a powerful Ukrainian oligarch, according to court filings released Thursday. That oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky , has long been seen as allied with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. Both men were important characters in the saga that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment.The department filed two civil forfeiture...

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Judge dismisses Republican lawsuit seeking to block proxy voting

Judge dismisses Republican lawsuit seeking to block proxy voting

It was not immediately clear whether House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy planned to appeal the ruling.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. | AP Photo/Carolyn KasterA federal judge on Thursday dismissed House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's lawsuit seeking to overturn the House's adoption of proxy voting — a measure embraced by Democrats to permit members to cast votes from their district to avoid traveling during the coronavirus crisis.Washington, D.C., federal district court Judge Rudolph Contreras determined that...

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